David de Gea
Had just one save to make in the first half from Ramsey and nothing to do after the break. Cannot have expected to have had such a quiet afternoon. No chance with Cazorla's strike.
An easy first half but had a bit more to do in the second half. Beaten by Giroud who shot into the side-netting but otherwise untroubled.
Beaten surprisingly easy by Ramsey for Arsenal’s best chance of the first half but scored the second of the game after a superb ball from Rooney with a strong header.
Like Evans enjoyed a comfortable afternoon and looked like he barely broke into a sweat, United were so comfortable.
Comfortable in defense and a constant threat going forward. Crossed for Van Persie to score the opener and caused Arsenal all sorts of problems.
As expected, was far too good for Santos, going past the Brazilian as if he was not there at times. Super flick on to release Rafael in the build up to the goal first goal. Should have scored himself but blundered after being set up by Van Persie.
Preferred over Scholes, probably due to the extra energy he can provide, and gave a lively performance. Booked for a foul on Cazorla and was lucky to escape a second for a clumsy challenge on Wilshere. Wisely replaced shortly afterwards.
A hard-working performance by the winger who enjoyed plenty of space. Forced Mannone into a smart save just before the half hour mark and won the penalty with a cross which hit Cazorla’s arm. Great ball to set up Van Persie just before the second goal.
Excellent in possession, rarely gave the ball away. Strong in the tackle, at times too strong as a foul on Wilshere showed. Thumped a shot into the stands at the start of the second half when he had time and space.
R. van Persie
Took just three minutes to open the scoring with a superb right-footed finish, and forced Mannone into two more saves in the first half. Hounded Vermaelen into a second mistake after the break which should have yielded a second goal and stung Mannone's palms again with a super effort.
Was at the heart of all of United's best move and his passing was sublime at times. Will be disappointed with his penalty which he dragged wide but made amends with a great ball to set up Evra for the second.
Had no chance with either goal but made good saves from Rooney and Van Persie in the first half and a superb diving stop from the Dutchman on 65 minutes when he was put clean through by Young.
An uncertain clearance just before the break could have gone anywhere, but crucially allowed United to keep the pressure on, from which they won the penalty. Did just enough to put off Valencia at the start of the second half to prevent a second goal.
An awful mistake for the opener with a miskick that allowed Van Persie to fire home. Was as it again at the start of the second half, allowing the Dutchman to take the ball off him and set up Valencia for a glorious chance.
Found Young a difficult opponent and lost him several times in a poor defensive display by the Gunners.
Arsenal were severely lacking in invention up front, little surprise when Cazorla saw little of the ball. Conceded the penalty, and with his arms up in the penalty area and can have few complaints. Scored late on with a super strike.
A little surprising to see him on the teamsheet after recent poor form. Left in no-man’s land for the first goal, his positioning was poor throughout and bizarrely asked for Van Persie’s shirt at half time, which was happily handed over.
Still does not look comfortable in his wide role, but provided Arsenal’s best moment in the first half with a good run and shot. Substituted on 52 minutes as Wenger brought Walcott on.
Had a decent game in truth but was in feisty mood and it was little surprise to see him sent off. Booked for a foul on Cleverley in the first half, lucky to escape a second for a hack on Van Persie and finally saw red for a foul on Evra.
Made little impact on the game at all. Did not appear to be on the same wavelength as Giroud and failed to test De Gea at all, replaced late on.
Had two chances in the entire game. An awful header in the first header, and a shot into the side-netting in the second.